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Can America Afford to Tell The World’s Best and Brightest to Work Someplace Else?

April 13, 2009


In yesterday’s New York Times there was an article on the front page entitled, “A Google Whiz Searches for His Place on Earth.”  The article quotes Craig R. Barrett, the Chairman of Intel who concludes, “We are watching the decline and fall of the United States as an economic power – not hypothetically, but as we speak.”  He blames a slouching education system that cannot be easily fixed, but says a stopgap measure would be to let companies hire more foreign workers.


I worked for Lehman 20 years and am looking for work now as a lawyer.  While I am concerned about my future, I am just as concerned about having the U.S. continue outdated and outmoded immigration policies that have a chilling effect on the best and brightest students who first come to our colleges and universities to study and then desire to add value at American companies by staying to work in the U.S. 


I expect that permitting these students to work in the U.S. will only strengthen U.S. companies, allow them to prosper in a tough economy and have a economic and cultural multiplier effect for us all.  In addition, any one of  these exceedingly bright young people can be the entrepreneurs for the next Google.  Simply put, can we truly afford to tell the best and brightest from other countries to look for work elsewhere?  


I encourage your comments on this important topic